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Dancing With The Stars, Week 5 Analysis & Results

Dancing With The Stars Season 24, Week 5 →   It’s Week 5, Season 24 of Dancing with the Stars! Tom and Erin hosted. Carrie Ann Inaba (CAI), Len Goodman, Julianne Hough, and Bruno Tonioli judged.   The Cast: Maksim Chmerkovskiy  +  Heather Morris, Singer/Dancer Peta Murgatroyd  +  Nick Viall, Former “Bachelor” Artem Chigvintsev  +  Nancy Kerrigan, Former U.S. Olympic Ice Skater Val Chmerkovskiy  +     Normani Kordei, Singer Sasha Farber  +  Simone Biles, U.S. Olympic Gymnast (most-decorated) Emma Slater  +  Rashad Jennings, NFL Running Back Lindsay Arnold  +  David Ross, CHI Cubs Baseball Catcher (won 2016 World Series; retired) Sharna Burgess  +  Bonner Bolton, Pro Bull Rider/Model Gleb Savchenko  +  Erika Jayne, Singer/Real Housewives of Bev. Hills Dancing With The Stars: Week 5 Analysis (April 17, 2017) This is Disney Week on Dancing with the Stars! Actor and Season 19 DWTS winner Alfonso Ribeiro (with Witney Carson) opened the show by singing and taking two young children, a girl and a boy, into ‘Disney.’ There, the cast, Mickey and friends waited. Overall, the performances ranged from good to excellent. Most of the pros choreographed appropriate/traditional and sufficient dance content. The judges’ scores were about half fair and half low. CAI did not subtract points for lifts, maybe because dances to Disney songs have often contained lifts. Rashad Jennings: Traditional Foxtrot.             Judges’ scores 7-8-9-8.  My score 8.5. The positive:  “Beauty and the Beast.” Rashad is one of my fave male celebs ever on Dancing with the Stars, not far behind Nyle DiMarco. He’s still easily the best amateur male dancer this season. His rhythm and timing, legs/footwork (could have used even more rise and fall), and his transitional flow were at 90-95%, and everything else at 100%. The dance—from easy cooperation and hard work—was graceful, elegant, and fully connected. Lovely, sweet, endearing, very impressive, and highly entertaining. He and Emma are adorable together and make me feel happy. I loved it! What a way to start Disney Week! CAI unnecessarily cheated him on his score, though. My DANCE OF THE NIGHT! Can’t wait to see them next week! The negative/work on:  Rise/fall in the footwork and maintaining smooth transitional flow. He’s due for:  a Paso Doble, a Rhumba, a Tango, a Samba, a Salsa, a Jazz, a Jive, a Quickstep, a standard Waltz, or a Charleston.   Nick Viall: Traditional Jazz.                              Judges’ scores 9-8-9-8.  My score 8.5. The positive:  “Pinocchio.” Another really good dance from Nick—cute, creative, playful. He kept up with Peta and had fun. I enjoyed...

Dancing With The Stars, Week 4 Analysis and Results

Dancing With The Stars Season 24, Week 4 Analysis and Results →   It’s Week 4, Season 24 of Dancing with the Stars!  Tom and Erin hosted; they’re always fun. Carrie Ann Inaba (CAI), Len Goodman, Julianne Hough, and Bruno Tonioli judged.   The Cast: Maksim Chmerkovskiy  +  Heather Morris, Singer/Dancer Peta Murgatroyd  +  Nick Viall, Former “Bachelor” Artem Chigvintsev  +  Nancy Kerrigan, Former U.S. Olympic Ice Skater Val Chmerkovskiy  +  Normani Kordei, Singer Sasha Farber  +  Simone Biles, U.S. Olympic Gymnast (most-decorated) Emma Slater  +  Rashad Jennings, NFL Running Back Kym Johnson Herjavec  +  Mr. T., Actor Lindsay Arnold  +  David Ross, CHI Cubs Baseball Catcher Sharna Burgess  +  Bonner Bolton, Pro Bull Rider/Model Gleb Savchenko  +  Erika Jayne, Singer/Real Housewives of Bev. Hills Dancing With The Stars: Week 4 Analysis (April 10, 2017) This week’s Dancing with the Stars theme is “Most-Memorable Year” in the life of each celeb.  Overall, the performances ranged from good to outstanding, most of the pros choreographed appropriate/traditional and sufficient dance content, and the judges’ scores were mostly fair. Normani Kordei: Tradl. Rhumba.                     Judges’ scores 8-7-8-9.  My score 9. The positive:  Val’s choreo was good, except that a few times they interrupted the flow a bit. The dance was magnetic, graceful, pretty, dramatic and emotional in relaying Normani’s joy and gratitude in joining Fifth Harmony in 2012. Again, she was all in, with excellent posture while experiencing the dance. As Len said, “A joy to watch.” CAI subtracted a point for a lift.   Nick Viall: Traditional Rhumba.            Judges’ scores 8-7-8-7.  My score 8. The positive: Without any doubt, this was Nick’s best dance to date! He really appeared to be invested in the representation of his time on “The Bachelor,” where he finally found love in 2015. It began with him dancing briefly with four girls; the bulk of the time, logically, was with Peta, and just before the end with his fiancée, Vanessa. He was in the role of the leading man this time, all the way, which is major progress in confidence. He showed marked improvement all the way around, especially also in posture. He has progressed further and sooner than I had supposed he would on Dancing with the Stars. A really good job this week, and I enjoyed it.   Nancy Kerrigan: Traditional Foxtrot.                Judges’ scores 8-9-8-8.  My score 9. The positive:  Nancy shared the heartbreak of suffering six miscarriages in eight years after a successful first pregnancy that gave her a healthy son, along with...

Dancing With The Stars, Week 3 Analysis and Results

Dancing With The Stars Season 24, Week 3 Analysis and Results Calling all fans to Week 3, Season 24 of Dancing with the Stars!  Tom and Erin hosted, making as fun a duo as usual. Carrie Ann Inaba (CAI), Len Goodman, Julianne Hough, and Bruno Tonioli judged.   The Cast: Maksim Chmerkovskiy with      Heather Morris, Singer/Dancer Peta Murgatroyd                      with      Nick Viall, Former “Bachelor” Artem Chigvintsev                    with      Nancy Kerrigan, Former U.S. Olympic Ice Skater Val Chmerkovskiy                    with      Normani Kordei, Singer Sasha Farber                            with      Simone Biles, U.S. Olympic Gymnast (most-decorated) Keo                                         with      Charo, Actress/Comedian Emma Slater                             with      Rashad Jennings, NFL Running Back Kym Johnson Herjavec with      Mr. T., Actor Lindsay Arnold             with      David Ross, CHI Cubs Baseball Catcher Sharna Burgess             with      Bonner Bolton, Pro Bull Rider/Model Gleb Savchenko                       with      Erika Jayne, Singer/Real Housewives of Bev. Hills Dancing With The Stars: Week 3 Analysis (April 3, 2017) This week’s Dancing with the Stars theme was “Vegas Night.” Several performances were very good to fabulous. A few showed marked improvement. For the most part, scoring continued to go low. Sufficient, appropriate, and traditional dance content and proper behaviors ruled the night. Alan filled in for Maks again; Maks is making incredible strides in his recovery and hopes to dance next week. After Bonner and Sharna danced, siblings Derek and Julianne Hough did a beautiful dance to represent their parents’ divorce from when the siblings were kids—WOW! Certain pros choreoed and performed lifts, causing CAI to deduct a point from their scores. Nick Viall: Traditional Tango. .                       Judges’ scores 7-6-7-6.  My score 7.5. The positive: Nick did quite a bit better this week. He showed much more control, confidence, seemingly a healthier attitude, and all-around improvement, without looking for frequent coaching and encouragement from Peta. The negative/work on: Posture, technique, and truly feeling and responding to the music.   Mr. T: Tradl. Foxtrot.                                         Judges’ scores 6-6-6-6.  My score 6.5. The positive & negative: What a sweet and humble man—adorable! Len called him “a gentle giant.” Mr. T REALLY worked hard this week and it showed! He genuinely wanted/wants to improve, and I was delighted to see it. He actually had a little bounce in his step and more rhythm. Mr. T kept up with Kym, flowed with her, did all the right moves. WOW! They had fun, and so did we. Keep working on bounce/rhythm, technique, and posture.   Bonner Bolton: Tradl./Modified Charleston.     Judges’ scores 6-6-6-6.  My score 6.5. The positive: He’s a sweet, hard-working, and determined guy...

Dancing With The Stars Season 24, Week 2 Analysis and Results

Dancing With The Stars Season 24, Week 2 →   Welcome to Week 2 of Season 24 of Dancing with the Stars! Tom and Erin hosted, as always with witty and colorful commentary. Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Julianne Hough, and Bruno Tonioli (left to right) judged. I apologize for my delay in posting; I had computer problems.   The Cast: Maksim Chmerkovskiy           with     Heather Morris, Singer/Dancer Peta Murgatroyd                     with     Nick Viall, Former “Bachelor” Artem Chigvintsev                  with     Nancy Kerrigan, Former U.S. Olympic Ice Skater Val Chmerkovskiy                  with     Normani Kordei, Singer Sasha Farber                            with     Simone Biles, U.S. Olympic Gymnast (most-decorated) Keo                                         with     Charo, Actress/Comedian Emma Slater                            with     Rashad Jennings, NFL Running Back Kym Johnson Herjavec           with     Mr. T., Actor Lindsay Arnold                       with     David Ross, CHI Cubs Baseball Catcher Witney Carson                        with     Chris Katan, Actor/Comedian Sharna Burgess                       with     Bonner Bolton, Pro Bull Rider/Model Gleb Savchenko                      with     Erika Jayne, Singer/Real Housewives of Bev. Hills Dancing With The Stars: Week 2 Analysis and Results (March 27, 2017) This week’s Dancing with the Stars performances brought probably an equal number of disappointments and delights. It also showed a combination of unnecessarily elevated and reduced scores, along with favoritism and coddling of certain celebs. One judge again stressed that ballroom dance is very different from having a background in other dance forms without admitting that such a background still gives clear advantages. History on this show has proven that the backgrounds/years of training/skills of Olympians and experts in other forms of dance have an enormous advantage over someone who has no dance experience; it’s only logical. Again, a few pros failed to provide appropriate/traditional and sufficient dance content. Producers, get over your grade-school mentalities and show respect for all of us. Nancy Kerrigan: Traditional Cha-Cha.  Judges’ scores 7-7-7-7. My score 8. The positive: A hot-pink classy and well-done performance of traditional moves, good lines, and good footwork in sufficient traditional content (thank you, Artem). The negative/work on: Nancy, polish your performance by finishing all moves, steadily. (I’m sorry that the producers keep putting you 2nd or 1st and cheating you on scores.)   Erika Jayne: Modified Foxtrot.  Judges’ scores 7-7-7-7. My score 7. The positive: Good attitude/work ethic/physical flexibility. Tonight’s dance was basically pretty, graceful, and smooth with good footwork and good lines. The negative/work on: Erika, please understand that sex is neither necessary nor sales-worthy in all situations; learn to discriminate and choose wisely without trying to force Gleb to change his choreography for you. You can be and...

Dancing With The Stars Season 23 Finale and Winner

Dancing With The Stars (DWTS) Season 23 Finale, Night 2, Nov. 22 →   The Cast: Pros + Stars Val Chmerkovskiy + Laurie Hernandez, U.S. Olympic Gymnast Lindsay Arnold + Calvin Johnson, NFL Wide Receiver, “Megatron” Sharna Burgess + James Hinchcliffe, Pro Race Car Driver   Dancing With The Stars: Week 11, Night 2 Finale, Analysis and Results It’s THE FINALS Week! Last night, the finals; tonight, the finale and our winner! The location alternated between the ballroom and The Grove next door. Clips from the season’s practices, rehearsals, performances, tricks on one another, and more were shown. The judges, for the final time this season, were (left to right) Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, former pro Julianne Hough, and Bruno Tonioli. Near the end, Jana Kramer performed one of her latest songs. Needless to say, all dancing was fabulous. Tom and Erin hosted.   Periodically during the first half, one of the top four performed a redo of a dance from earlier in the season. Jana and Gleb, who were voted out last night, did their HOT Argentine Tango from Week 6, and it’s still SMOKIN’ HOT! Calvin and Lindsay, too, did an Arg. Tango from Week 6 (excellent but not hot). James and Sharna redid their Quickstep from Week 4. Laurie and Val redid their trio Samba with Maks from Week 10.   For tonight, each couple was assigned a fusion dance, which was their last dance of the competition, right before the winner was announced:   Calvin Johnson: From running on the football field to dancing in the ballroom! Jive & Quickstep: Joyous, fun, perfect, charming. Loved it!                Judges’ score 10. My score 10.   James Hinchcliffe: with Sharna! From driving a race car to dancing in the ballroom! Viennese Waltz & Foxtrot: Beautiful, flowing, graceful. Loved it!       Judges’ score 10. My score 10.   Laurie Hernandez: From winning for the USA as a gymnast in the Olympics to dancing in the ballroom!  Foxtrot & Arg. Tango: Powerful, accurate, excellent.                           Judges’ score 10. My score 10.   DANCE OF THE NIGHT: (1) Calvin & Lindsay; (2) James & Sharna.   WHO WON, PLACED, OR SHOWED: Laurie         James           Calvin Why America gave the win to a gymnast who has a dance background, instead of to one of the two male contestants who had zero dance experience but performed outstandingly/equally well, is beyond my compre-hension and extremely unfair to James and Calvin. I repeat: I never want to see another gymnast on this show.   OTHER NEWS: Laurie...

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